(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 38
3.8 out of 5 🐙
I’ve seen a lot of post-apocalyptic scenarios. It almost always involves a shattered city, altered vehicles, raggedy fashion, hardscrabble gangs, a huge evil overlord organization/entity, and not much sunshine. But while Snowpiercer does have the evil elite component, the setting (a moving train that must outrun supernatural cold) was a refreshing new touch. it was also cool that the closer you got to the front, the higher the social status. I mean, that’s taking back of the bus to a whole new level. The hardscrabble fashion is also there. But the individual cars are so different and fantastic. I get I’m mostly praising the set designer here but the dialogue is sharp and the action is paced well. It’s a tight, fun ride. All aboard.
I also had no idea it was a Bong Joon Ho flick when I saw it. It’s so different from Parasite, obviously. And that’s not a common directorial characteristic. usually they direct movies from the same oeuvre. I will definitely seek out more of his work.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)